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    Ya'll just need to ignore it. aftertherain's Avatar
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    The Best of Dick Button's Commentary

    For any American viewer who began watching skating on TV prior to 2008, you should be familiar with this man. Together, with Peggy Fleming and Terry Gannon ... oh man, the memories.

    Anyway, I found these little gems (montages?) while I was roaming the plains of YouTube:

    1. "Dick Button: The Gold Standard" - In which some of "Uncle Dick's" sarcasm and disdain for some skaters or their skating from programs over the years (about 1990-2007) is highlighted-- Yuna and Plushy are talked about; and no one, not even his favorite Michelle Kwan, is spared.
    (Some posters might find his remarks a bit "pretentious" when talking about their favorite skaters, but I honestly think they're all hilarious.)

    2. The Dick Button Seal of Approval - In which Mr. Button, two-time Olympic gold medalist, shows his love for skaters and/or their skating-- sometimes by yelling out his excitement.
    (Volume is unstable-- if you're wearing headphones, watch your ears!)

    Ah, I miss Mr. Button.

    --What are some of your favorite "Button-isms" that aren't included in the video?
    --What are some other ridiculous/funny things other commentators have said?

    One of mine is this one from Tonya Harding's 1993 Nationals LP -- "And this move, the Harding spin; it's sort of a cross between a Hamill Camel and a little tipsy skater!"
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    Thanks for posting these! Loved them both!

    For the Dick Button Seal of Approval, I wish the videographer had included some of the many times when "Uncle" Dickie gushed about Todd's spins (1998 Worlds - end of his free skate - "This is enough to bring any audience to its feet!" 1998 Hershey's Spring Challenge - when Todd skated to "Il Mare Calmo de la Sera - he went on & on about how he thought vocal music could be used effectively in competition (I'm not saying it always works, but that version of "Il Mare" is my personal favorite), 1998 Keri Lotion Classic - he talked about the difficulty of doing well centered spins, stating that they are as difficult as doing triples, should be given more credit, etc. not to mention, "Good for you, Todd Eldredge," "Good boy, good boy!" I'm sure there are many more examples, but these are so clear in my mind.

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    Unfortunately, the montage maker did not include many of Uncle Dickie's positive comments on pairs and dance.

    Here's his (very positive) comments about Belbin & Agosto and Davis & White following the 2008 Free Dance

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rc9K5Bny3JE

    Clearly a fan of ice dance, our Uncle Dick.

    And here's Dick Button as a speaker, introduced by Paul Wylie,ranting about judging over the years.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMoRf-RPssQ

    But definitely, you should listen to the Caesar's Tribute to Dick Button
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJFQzqY9nkA

    And some shots of Dick skating that I hadn't seen here
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYxOXmFkdYE

    some zippy footwork, Dick!
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    About Plushenko's program: "Was there a program?" "No, there wasn't. there were jumps and arm movements"

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    The dig in Speedy's direction in Dick's speech that you linked, Doris...magnifique!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FSGMT View Post
    About Plushenko's program: "Was there a program?" "No, there wasn't. there were jumps and arm movements"
    and two futured comment about his commentary
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21woRiBqrks

    And listen to Dick "s commentary about Godfather program, he liked it..interesting.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5CxQq1vsRU

    on MarshallsWC, and that is also interesting how much love Plush the Americans audience..
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...Qq1vsRU#t=364s
    Dick on Plushenko at the Marshall's competition
    "this guy can really bring you in"

    Plushyfan, I'm not sure why you included Hamilton's (as usual) miserable commentary?

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    Quote Originally Posted by plushyfan View Post
    And listen to Dick's commentary about Godfather program, he liked it..interesting.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5CxQq1vsRU

    on Marshalls WC, and that is also interesting how much love Plush the Americans audience..
    I was there! The best competition I have ever seen live. I got my picture taken with Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto. Irina Slutskaya beat Michelle Kwan in ladies, but oh well.

    The men's competition was a nail-biter. This was the first time anyone had ever heard of Evan Lysacek. He skated first and did great. Then one by one all the others guys took their shot at him -- Joubert, Weir, Andrei Griazev, Ryan Yanke. There was a busload of little girls in the audience that had prepared signs for each of them, one after the other. At the end, Evan was still holding on to first by a thread.

    Then Plushenko came out, and that was that.

    When the ladies took the ice, Evgenie brought a folding chair out to rinkside to cheer them on. He was a huge crowd favorite. Irina, too.

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    This thread has me cracking up! My favorite Buttonism: "There's no knit-picking on that" after he points out a flaw that the naked eye wouldn't have found....

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    Johnny skates like "liquid gold." I think that was said at 2004 Nationals.

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    After completing one of her trade mark spins...

    1999 World Championships (Helsinki, Fin), Short Program - "Good for you Lucinda Ruh!!"

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    Do you remember the Push Dick's Button segments of Olympic Ice

    They carried it over to 2007 Worlds
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5q7zZEBeHw

    Tanith & Ben ask about getting rid of the cd's

    Dick: I'm sorry to see them go!

    Jeff Buttle: Who is your favorite Canadian men's skater. You're my favorite commentator.

    And Dick skating a figure:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rakdk...tailpage#t=58s
    Last edited by dorispulaski; 01-07-2013 at 07:18 PM.

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    yeah Push Dick's Button just sounded dirty - and the non skating commentator had way too good a time with it.

    I remember him using the term MoJo - and you could tell he wasn't sure what the heck it was... Terry Gannon fed it to him, and then laughed after Dick used it.

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